The near region of an axisymmetric, turbulent jet was investigated. Turbulence quantities, as well as mean velocities, were measured between 3 and 23 diam away from the nozzle. The mean velocity profiles were similar over most of this distance, whereas the turbulence quantities were far from equilibrium conditions. Across the jet, the rate of large-scale turbulence varied considerably; however, a Strouhal number based on local velocity, the diameter of the jet, and the frequency of the large-scale turbulent oscillation remained relatively constant. The formation of the initial instability waves and the pairing of the vortices were examined. Turbulent fluctuations were observed only downstream of the pairing process.